3 Island Music Festivals this Summer

  • A native chanting blessing ceremony at the Rainforest World Music Festival.

    A native chanting blessing ceremony at the Rainforest World Music Festival.

  • The Rainforest World Music Festival is set at the base of Mount Santubong, about 35 kilometers north of Kuching.

    The Rainforest World Music Festival is set at the base of Mount Santubong, about 35 kilometers north of Kuching.

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This summer, music lovers will want to tune in to these three festivals. Staged in Montego Bay, the Reggae Sumfest (July 12–18) is a weeklong party celebrating Jamaica’s most famous export: reggae. Highlights include steamy dancehall nights and concert performances by the likes of Chronixx and Stephen Marley. • In-the-know Parisians flock to the Mediterranean island of Corsica each July to take in Calvi On The Rocks (July 3–8), a chic seaside festival of groove, funk, swing, pop, and música tropical. • In Malaysian Borneo, Sarawak’s Rainforest World Music Festival (Aug. 7–9) combines ethnic music with a jungly backdrop. Featured performers this year include folk ensemble Alaverdi from Georgia and Bargou 08 from Tunisia, while other haighlights of the program—now in its 18th iteration—range from workshops to jam sessions. —David Tse

This article originally appeared in the June/July print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Listen Up”)

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